Kim Seong-Yoon, the director of the Netflix series “The Sound of Magic,” spoke about what changed during the drama adaptation of the original webtoon “Annarasumanara.” He also shared the challenging part of making it a musical drama.
The director stated that he had wanted to adapt the webtoon into a drama since seven or eight years ago. He said that he changed some parts of the original work to make it more appealing to audiences. “When I bought the original copyright and carefully looked at the webtoon, it was different from what I felt in the past,” the director explained.“Yoon Ah-Yi is from an extremely poor environment, and I wondered how many people could sympathize with a situation in which she couldn’t even pack a lunch.“
The character Na Il-Deung was mentioned by Director Kim as an example of a difference from the original work. “I was watching an entertainment show when the host asked a kid what he wanted to be when he grew up.” “Then Lee Hyori told the host that the kid could become anything, and that should be fine. I discussed with the original author what I watched. So, in the drama, we ask Na-Il-Deung if having a dream is always necessary.”
“The Sound of Magic” was created as a musical drama, so the lead actors had to put in a lot of practice. “In the original work, there are many monologues of characters,” said the director, explaining why he decided to make it a musical drama. “I needed some elements to express what Yoon-Ah-Yi was thinking. That is why we included music in the drama.”
The music director, Park Seong-Il, who previously worked with the director Kim on “Itaewon Class,” joined him once again for “The Sound of Magic.” According to the director, it would have been difficult for the music director to find suitable music. “In the script, the scenes with music were left blank. There were no lyrics and no information about how to direct it. In the case of the merry-go-round scene, it was originally a non-existent scene, but everyone agreed to include it. So we added the script based on the music.”
“The Sound of Magic” will premiere on Netflix on May 6th, with a total of six episodes.